Adnan Syed Case Summary

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Introduction Context: Senior of Woodlawn High School, Adnan Syed, was convicted and charged with the first-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Not only is Adnan’s alibi inconclusive, but he also fails to recall any specific details or occurrences of January 13, 1999. His acquaintance, Jay Wilds, has served as the State’s key witness against Adnan. Thesis Statement: Despite having already served seventeen years in prison, Adnan did not murder Hae Min Lee. His innocence has not been captured due to missing alibis and perspectives the State is reluctant to hear, inconsistencies in Jay’s story, and biases in the law enforcement. Body Paragraph 1 Topic Sentence: The unheard alibis and perspectives of former students from Woodlawn High…show more content…
Though Asia changed her testimony and claimed that “she was pressured into writing those letters,” the letters themselves prove to be credible. On a letter dated March 1, 1999, Asia writes to Adnan: “I’m not sure if you remember talking to me in the library on Jan 13th, but I remember chatting with you. Throughout [your] actions that day I have reason to believe in your innocence” (Official Doc.) Explanation: Allegedly, Hae Min Lee was killed between 2:15 PM and 2:36 PM. If Adnan was at the library, right across from Woodlawn High School, he clearly did not commit the crime. Analysis: Unfortunately, Asia never testified in Adnan’s trial, whether this was due to suppression of her alibi or because his defense attorney never contacted her. Supporting Evidence: “Additional evidence that was not investigated by the detectives was the conversation Hae had with her friend Summer after school and Hae’s friends who saw her after school; Summer, Becky, and Debbie all saw Hae after school at around 3:00PM” (MAW’s Episode Summary Two: Conspiracies- Episode

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